Pulitzer Prize Winners Win Pulitzer Prizes, Money; Roger Ailes Spies on Employees

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Did you win a Pulitzer Prize today? Us either. If you're from the Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald or The Tennessean, you also did not win, even though you were in fact nominated in the category of Breaking News Reporting. That $10,000 prize -- "For a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news, with special emphasis on the speed and accuracy of the initial coverage, using any available journalistic tool, including text reporting, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or any combination of those formats, in print or online or both..." -- went to no one. That might just be the most exciting part of today's Pulitzer Prize announcements, unless you are related to a winner or work for a winner or are a winner (in which case, get back to work). Or if you really like Jennifer Egan's A Visit From the Goon Squad, which we did. Additional information, plus some more thrilling local media news, in our afternoon Press Clips column.

Like Oscar Day, But Uglier: Above you can see New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announcing his award for best take-down of Arianna Huffington. (He beat Adweek.) Really though, the Times won two Pulitzers, while the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal and a few others each got one. Egan, as we mentioned, won an award for fiction, one that goes to someone "preferably dealing with American life," and so she pockets a cool $10k.

Another interesting note that people will write about a lot on Twitter: the ProPublica award winner for National Reporting did not appear in print, so the internet is good for journalism and that's final.

By our count, of the awards going to named individuals or groups, ten of the twenty-nine winners are women, which is not an awful percentage, all things considered.

Here's the full list.

Ailes Attack: John Cook and Hamilton Nolan at Gawker have the shockingest media not-so-shocker of the day: Roger Ailes owns a newspaper! Moreover, the Putnam County News and Recorder and Putnam County Courier, which the evil Ailes bought a few years back with his wife Elizabeth, were home to some pretty strange employee-employer relations:

Ailes--who installed Elizabeth as the day-to-day manager of the papers while he finishes his tenure at Fox News Channel--has run the papers with the singularly paranoid and abusive management style he brings to all his projects, resulting in the defection of his hand-picked editor and two top reporters earlier this month after Ailes told them he'd had them followed, and their private conversations surveilled, to catch them saying mean things about him. The spying followed years of intense weirdness between the editor and the Aileses, who once asked him to personally stop a break-in at their home and who implied that, after Roger's death, he'd be expected to replace him in their marriage.

If you hate Fox News or love the unheralded film genre "journalism thrillers," please do read the rest. Spoiler: the last word is "poop."

Would 'Like' Again: We wondered how successfully the New Yorker could bribe readers on the internet to "like" their Facebook page, and we admitted that their bait -- a Jonathan Franzen essay about David Foster Wallace -- was pretty attractive. The results are in: 16,000 people want to read literary essays, but don't have $5.00 to spare.

[jcoscarelli@villagevoice.com / @joecoscarelli]



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